LINGUIST List 30.3078

Fri Aug 09 2019

Summer Schools: Digital Caucasiology / Georgia

Editor for this issue: Sarah Robinson <>

Date: 09-Aug-2019
From: Jost Gippert <>
Subject: Digital Caucasiology / Georgia
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Host Institution:
Coordinating Institution: Goethe University Frankfurt

Dates: 01-Oct-2019 - 08-Oct-2019
Location: Batumi, Adjara, Georgia

Focus: Caucasiology in the digital age, including both theoretical and practical issues concerning various branches of the Humanities (besides linguistics, philology, literary studies, history, anthropology, juridical, social and political sciences, etc.); topics: creation of corpora, creation of electronic dictionaries, data annotation, search and visualization.
Minimum Education Level: MA
Special Qualifications: MA students can apply if their MA studies will be finished before October, 2020. English language skills are required.

The universities of Batumi (Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University, Georgia), Frankfurt / Main (Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Germany), and Jena (Friedrich Schiller University, Germany) jointly organize two consecutive summer schools on „Digital Caucasiology“, one in Batumi, October 1–8, 2019, and one in Frankfurt, October 1–8, 2020. The two summer schools are consecutive, which means that applicants will have to apply for participation in both of them (cf. registration instructions below). There is no registration fee but advanced registration is compulsory for the selection process of the participants as their number is limited (45 participants).

The primary concern of the summer schools is to close the gap that exists between Caucasian countries and the Western world with regard to the use of digital resources in the Humanities concerning the Caucasus, its languages, peoples, and history, with the aim to establish fruitful cooperations in the production, development, and exploitation of such resources. The summer schools address early career researchers from both the Caucasian region and the West.

The summer schools will not only deal with text corpora and their linguistic exploitation but with resources to be used by Humanities subjects in a broader range. The application of digital research technologies in the Humanities requires a profound understanding of fundamental issues of one's own discipline in a cross-disciplinary context. Interdisciplinarity therefore represents an essential feature and at the same time the thematic framework of the two summer schools on “Digital Caucasiology", which are meant to bring together early career researchers in fields as different as linguistics, literary studies, history, anthropology, juridical, social and political sciences with specialists from computational Humanities, with the aim to explore the common grounds of the formation and exploitation of digital resources and thus to ensure that the participants (graduate and doctoral students and post-docs) from different disciplines gain a comprehensive overview of key aspects of the practical use of electronic resources and tools and to develop an interdisciplinary perspective.

The working language of the summer schools is English.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                      Applied Linguistics
                      Computational Linguistics
                      General Linguistics
                      Language Documentation
                      Ling & Literature
                      Text/Corpus Linguistics
                      Writing Systems

Subject Languages: Abkhazian
                    Armenian, Classical
                    Armenian, Middle
                    Azerbaijani, North
                    Georgian, Old

Tuition: 0 USD
Tuition Explanation: There is no registration fee. Travel and accommodation of accepted participants will be covered by a grant from the Volkswagen Foundation.

Registration: 15-Aug-2019 to 09-Sep-2019
Contact Person: Anastasia Kamarauli
                  Fax: +49 69 798 22873

Apply by Email:

Registration Instructions:
Applicants have to send in (via e-mail to the Anastasia Kamarauli by Sept. 9, 2019) their CV (one page), a motivation letter (max. 300 words) explaining their fields of interest and their expectations for the summer schools, a copy of their last university diploma, and a list describing their activities concerning Caucasiology and their knowledge in digital methods.

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